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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A twist on irreverence

This post on a doomed Canadian attempt at irreverence reminds me of this post on a doomed Canadian habit of sacrilege. Where there is no cause for reverence, there can be no irreverence, only offensiveness.

A stock response to such stories -- beyond mockery at the manufactured implications of edginess in offending Christians -- is to say, "If they really want to be edgy, they'll do an 'irreverent' comedy special on Mohammed."

But such people can no more be irreverent toward the holy things of Islam than they can be toward the holy things of Christianity. We have to ask, where is their cause for reverence?

Look! Here it is:



If they really want to be irreverent, if they really want to be edgy, they'll put on the Internet a list of their corporate sponsors, including all the retail products made by those corporations, and title it something like, "A Partial List of Companies Who Support Public Expressions of Contempt for Christianity." When they mock their own god in a way that invites a smiting, then I'll call them irreverent.

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